City of Darkness: Revisited


The completed book
The completed book

It is now some three and a half years since City of Darkness Revisited was first published (in September 2013) and in that time your support has seen the entire first edition of 6000 copies sold. Our thanks to everyone who made this possible. A sudden flurry of orders before Christmas 2017 caught us out somewhat and it took a little while to arrange a reprint, but the finished copies will be arriving in the UK just after Easter 2018 and we will start sending out copies again soon after. To those who ordered copies in the interim, our thanks for your patience.

As ever the book is available in a variety of editions. Please scroll down through this post to see the various alternatives and, if interested, please visit the ‘Order a Book’ page to place an order. Again, our thanks.



Bringing this book to fruition was certainly been an extraordinary journey and one that took far longer than I ever expected or intended. But having set myself the challenge of producing the best possible book about the Walled City, it was difficult to know when to stop. When I set out I thought a book of around 300 pages would be more than enough. In the end it ran to over 350 and in all honesty I could easily have let the book keep expanding to 400 or more.

There are a dozen or so more photographs that I would have liked to include and I am sure there is still a lot more about the City’s history to be uncovered. Right until the book went to print, we were still meeting people that we would liked to have interviewed, and we never did manage to track down any of those we photographed in the first edition, to find out where they are now – something I would still very much like to achieve.

I could, for example, have easily spent another two or three weeks at the Public Records Office going through all files held there pertaining to the Walled City. I perhaps trawled through around a quarter of them – all those that seemed the most interesting from the short summary provided in the catalogue – and there were gems to be found in every one. I am sure there is more to be found there and it is our intention to keep on gathering what we can and posting it on this website and maybe including some of it in future reprints and editions.

But that is for the future. For now, I am happy to show off the book Greg and I, not forgetting our wonderful designer Susan Scott, have managed to produce in this new edition. As explained elsewhere, the book includes, as well as many interviews from the original edition, a number of new essays and numerous new images on topics not covered before: whether about the City’s architectural development in the 40 or so short years of its existence; the truth behind its many myths as ‘a den of iniquity’; the politics that allowed it to develop in the way that it did; and how it has been transformed through the power of popular culture, both in Hong Kong and around the world.

I include below a display of typical spreads to illustrate far better than I can in words how the new book looks and feels.

In its final incarnation, the Standard Edition is 356 pages long – at a trimmed page size of 270 x 273mm – and contains over 320 photographs, nearly all in colour. The book is hardbound and is delivered in a printed card slipcase.

The book can be ordered via this website at the standard retail price of £58.50 (for the UK) or more to cover postage to other parts of the world. Please refer to the ‘Order a Book’ page for details.

The opening spread of the book's Introduction by Peter Poham
The opening spread of the book’s Introduction by Peter Poham



Historical photographs from 'Architecture of a Mini City'
Historical photographs from ‘Architecture of a Mini City’

Another spread from Architecture of a Mini City
Another spread from Architecture of a Mini City

A new interview with Lam Po Chun, the assistant postman
A new interview with Lam Po Chun, the assistant postman

The opening spread of Popular Culture and the Walled City
The opening spread of Popular Culture and the Walled City

More from Popular Culture and the Walled City
More from Popular Culture and the Walled City

The Policeman's Story
The Policeman’s Story

At work in a rubber factory
At work in a rubber factory



Previously available only to our Kickstarter supporters, the Clamshell Edition includes a signed copy of the book, delivered in a debossed, linen-bound clamshell case together with an 8 x 10 inch archive quality print. It has been produced in a strictly limited edition of just 100 copies, around 75 of which have now been despatched, so stocks are unlikely to last for long.

The price of the edition is £150, inclusive of postage in the UK, and £180 to the rest of the world. Please go to the ‘Order a Book’ page for further details.






The original edition of the book, City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City, served us remarkably well for close on 20 years, transforming from hardback to softback and being reprinted multiple times, despite the fact the complete book existed solely in the form of the printer’s films produced when the book was originally published in 1993. Every copy of the original edition came from that one set of films.

This Special Reprint edition was last ever reprint from those original films. The book is hardbound and comes enclosed in an exact reproduction of the jacket in which the book first appeared. Just 480 copies of the Special Reprint have been produced, all of which will be signed and numbered, with individual copies being sent out in a heavyweight slipcase together with a page section from the original printer’s films.

This limited edition is now available at the reduced price of £180 including postage in the UK or £210.00 for the rest of the world. Please go to the ‘Order a Book’ page for further details.









Finally, signed copies of both the City of Darkness – Special Reprint and City of Darkness Revisited are available twinned in a single, linen-bound slipcase, debossed to match the clamshell case. And like the Clamshell edition, this two book version is also limited to an edition of just 100 copies, including numbers 1 to 100 of the 480 copies of the Special Reprint.

This edition is available at the fixed price of £300 (UK only) or £340.00 to the rest of the world, all by courier. Again further detail can be found on the ‘Order a Book’ page. Thank you.